Hot Cocoa Bar, Winter Front Porch Party

I’ve been wanting to create this Front Porch Hot Cocoa Bar and Porch Party for quite a while and finally I was able to do it! I don’t have a proper front porch at my house so my best friend Dara kindly lends me hers whenever I need a front porch “fix”! Isn’t she the best?! I love the idea of porch parties, do you? In days past, folks used to spend lots of time on the front porch but it seems that as our lives have gotten busier and busier we just don’t use them much any more. Well, I’m on a mission to change that! So, here’s my Front Porch Hot Cocoa Bar in all its glory to hopefully inspire you to head out front and pour a cup of Cocoa and relax a while…

Front Porch Hot Cocoa Bar, Hot Cocoa Party, Winter Porch Party, Porch Swing, Ruffled Burlap Tablecloth

Here’s a view of all the coziness I created for you to explore. Since it’s a Cocoa Party, let’s head over to the Hot Cocoa Bar first, shall we?

Hot Cocoa Bar with treats and fixingsHere’s a slightly closer look before we serve up a mug.

Hot Cocoa Framed Chalkboard SignThis little frame was so simple to make – I’ll try share a tutorial with you soon… it may be after Christmas though… OK, enough of that, let’s get to the good stuff!

Hot Cocoa mix in a jar, hot chocolate mix in a jar

To begin, I’ve filled oversized jars with your choice of traditional cocoa powder with tiny mini marshmallows (of course!) or…

White Cocoa mix, white chocolate mix…White Chocolate powder if, like me, you are allergic to chocolate or perhaps you just want a change! I use Ghirardelli White Chocolate powder from Amazon if you’re curious…

Mara-Mi Ribbon with sweet baking phrasesI found this ribbon last year by Mara-Mi and have been holding on to it for just such an occasion as this! Isn’t it sweet?

Hot Cocoa Bar Fixings

Of course half the fun of bars like this are the toppings!

mini chocolate Chips for hot cocoa bar

First, please help yourself to some mini-chocolate chips,

mini Marshmallows for hot cocoa barand of course some mini marshmallows…

Red Hots on hot cocoa barFeeling spicy? Try a red hot or two to heat things up!

Peppermint Mini marshmallowsoh, and one of my personal favorites, peppermint mini marshmallows! I L-O-V-E these!! All of my toppings are nested in natural colored coffee filters – I like the ruffles but you have to be careful and group them tightly on a tray (or bowl) so they support each other otherwise all the toppings may roll away!

Jumbo Marshmallows in a jar

There are even some jumbo, super-overstuffed marshmallows!

Cocoa Cup with mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and candy cane with treats

Yum! And no party is complete without a little treat, right?

Hot Cocoa Bar Treats, Chocolate covered pretzels, dipped marshmallows, shortbread cookiesThis tempting assortment includes a little something for everyone…

chocolate dipped marshmallows topped with chopped nuts, crushed peppermint topped marshmallows, mini snowflake white chocolate dipped marshmallows

First there is an assortment of dark and white chocolate dipped marshmallows… some are topped with chopped nuts, mini snowflake sprinkles, and crushed peppermint….

silver dragee white chocolate dipped marshmallow, mini chocolate chip marshmallows…while others are topped with silver dragees and mini chocolate chips. Decorating marshmallows is so easy that I kind of went a little overboard!

scotty shortbread Cookies, star shaped shortbread cookies, peppermint white chocolate dipped pretzelsPrefer something a little crunchy? How about these adorable Scotty shaped shortbread cookies? I love the little star shaped ones too! There are also peppermint, white chocolate covered pretzels. I love how Target has such a wide variety of holiday cookies available right now!

Chocolate Pretzel RodsSpeaking of pretzels, please have a milk chocolate covered pretzel rod if you want that heavenly mix of salty & sweet…

vintage Scale

When creating food displays like this, I like to place things at varied heights and use interesting props like my vintage kitchen scale. I adore its rusted patina, I think it compliments this cozy scene beautifully.

Sneak-peek at Hot Cocoa BarPlease sit a while and sip your cocoa and have fun exploring the hot cocoa bar! There’s still so much more to show you but I’ll save that for Monday! In the meantime, thanks for visiting my front porch hot cocoa bar!

Are you counting the days like I am? If so, there are 10 days ’til Christmas! We’re taking my daughter to have her photo taken with Santa today – I’m pretty excited!!

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